In August this year I was fortunate to be involved with CURVY – a 10 day platform for boundary-breaking creative women to connect, share and learn with each other. This year marked the 10th year of Curvy and Pixel Palace leapt at the chance to be the digital partner for this years event after being approached by Curvy founder Rob Bergin to revamp the existing site for this years conference… hello dream job! On top of being the digital partner for the event, Rob asked if I would like to take part in the Day Two panel on “The Future of Creative Content” to which of course I said YES!
Each year Curvy hosts talks, workshops, awards and launches, and unveil the latest CURVY book and exhibition – presenting a female perspective of the future trends breaking boundaries across creative industries here in Australia as well as overseas. Held at Ambush Gallery in Sydney in August this year, the conference was a two day event showcasing a who’s who of women that are breaking boundaries in Australian art, design and creative industries and was a great opportunity to rub shoulders with like minded creatives, make new contacts, as well as friends and colleagues.
Day one of the event was Volcom’s School of Cool – featuring a panel of eight amazing creative women with undeniably cool creative careers. The likes of Gemma O’Brien, Ainsley Hutchence and Emma Morris chatted openly and honestly about how they have achieved what so many want, and what they have done to define their own distinct voices in a global creative environment that is more interconnected than ever. After the panel there was hands on workshops on hand lettering with Gemma (Amazing!!) and a handpainting workshop with Rachel Ponygold Urquhart – you can read more about her stunning work here.
Day Two saw the Future of Creative Content panel and my turn to share the stage with some of the most inspiring, talented and ambitious women in the Australian creative industry scene today. We chatted all things content and creative – what is content and where is it going? How we got to where we are now – ” a road less travelled” as women who have forged creative careers for ourselves. I totally loved getting to share my experience of both my successful music career in the early 2000’s (and chatting with the brilliant Linda Marigliano from Triple J about how much has changed in that space in the time since for artists and women in particular) as well as sharing my experience of owning and running a busy digital design business and studio and all that comes with that (clients, staff, creativity, boundaries, etc etc)
The whole event was an amazing experience and I highly recommend any of you creative ladies out there to make the effort to attend any future Curvy events. We’ll be there again with bells on!
If you’re interested you can check out the Curvy site we built here